BUREWALA

Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and human rights activist Asma Jahangir yesterday demanded across the board accountability of all, saying accountability should not be used for targeting politicians alone.

"Whosoever done wrong should be held accountable."

Asama Jahangir was addressing a seminar titled "Lawyers Rights and Efficient Justice System," here at Tehsil Association Burewala on Monday.

The human rights advocate emphasised that whoever done wrong should be made accountable but for this "we have to develop an impartial judicial system." She pointed out that Panama papers also has the name of a judge, which is calling into question the accountability system in the judiciary. "In the name of accountability, one person should not be the target rather it should be across the board," Asama Jahangir underlined.

She declared that they wouldn't allow any body to derail the democratic system in the name of accountability in the country. The HR activist said days of adventurism with state institutions has gone and if anybody comes forward for military dictatorship "she will be the first person to stand against it." She said that lawyers have got freedom after hard fought struggle and basic democratic rights have also been ensured by the people, wearing black coats. She mentioned that delay in the justice dispensation is equal to denying and reforms in the judicial system should start from top to lower level to set examples.

She suggested that Judges should open their eyes and shut their mouths and lawyers on the other hand need to reform themselves as "they should not be portraying the pictures that we often see on the television screens." "The lawyers have distinction amongst other segments of society and they need to set examples for others," Asama Jahangir stressed.

Later, talking at Burewala Press Club, Asma Jahangir said that Panama case is heading towards the constitution of larger bench and for it some lawyer has given findings of Zafar Ali Shah case. She said that right to appeal bill on suo moto cases is largely demanded but suo moto is the right of court for underprivileged people. "Unfortunately, the prerogative of suo moto was exercised very badly by the former chief justice in many cases which was not a good example," she recalled.

Former Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) president Pir Masood Chishti, former MPA Malik Nosher Khan Langrial, TBA Bar President Muhammad Javed Shaheen, Advocate Muhammad Rafqat Ali Sohal and other were present on the occasion.